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spent 21 years in the navy and every year on a ship they were ordered to push equipment off into the ocean so that they could get an increase in their budget to buy more stuff for the next year. we are buying tanks that the military does not use. i think that the pentagon could save money by using better buying power, teach those guys to save instead of throwing it in the ocean. guest: better buying power is the name of a pentagon initiative. everyone recognizes that their budget, which has not consistently since 1998, particularly a lot in the last 10 years, they are coming down on sequestration and something else, and there is a lot of push to buy smarter. there is a feeling that there has been some waste when you are flush with cash and the pentagon is looking for ways to lower their buying costs and get more value for taxpayer dollars. host: when you look at major weapons systems that could see a scaling back in spending, the predator drones aircraft, joint light technical vehicles, talk about these weapons systems. guest: at 35 is the largest program in the history of t
. there was a british historian in the 1950's. after world war i, britain had the largest navy in the world and they reduced the size of the navy. the laid-off sailors and dock workers. the agency running the navy was getting bigger as the navy was getting smaller. he made the discovery -- the size of a bureaucracy has nothing to do with the amount of work the bureaucracy does. it will grow unless it is reined in. the bureaucracy was getting bigger. if you get that kind of bloat, get in trouble and you change or go out of business. ronald reagan said the closest is a to immoralitality government agency. caller: good morning, everybody. do you think capitalism and privatizing is withdrawing the money from the united states? they charge outrageous rates when the government could have maintained the prisoners cheaper. blackwater getting outrageous amounts of money to do things for the government. think that is draining our money. the money% withstood and that is why we are falling off the cliff. guest: it goes on the subject of crony capitalism. that is businesses that are dependent on governm
in taxes compared to there and come. you also have to realize that we have a navy that is controlling the seas for free trade and get the people who use them do not pay for it. there should be some kind of a small import-export tax that would help to pay for the large navy we have protecting these seas. as far as social security, you need to take the cap off and a means test the people that get it. if a man is a millionaire, he does not need that $2,000 in social security or medicare. they have the means to pay their own way. i know if i was a millionaire, i would not worry about $2,000. thank you. host: are collaring upper range of issues including the navy and social security. guest: start with the tax issue. maybe something that may come for americans is that we have two really popular bipartisan commission's trying to deal with our long-term budget, the simpson-bowles commission and the rivlin domenici commission spotted by the bipartisan policy center. then members of congress or former members from both sides of the island they both agreed on the tax code that the best thing we
an officer in the navy reserve. if combat veterans at walter reed bethesda hospital -- we have combat veterans at walter reed bethesda hospital. i get calls from the veterans talk about how this is brought about serious memory flashbacks. they have seen children in afghanistan and iraq that had been killed. i want to speak out to veterans. if you have this kind of feelings, get some help. there are programs to help homeless veterans. we need to have our reach to them. it is a matter of being effective in the community. the best thing is to get somebody off of drugs. if they feel isolated, living in a basement and playing video games and drinking alcohol, that is not the answer. we have to be doing more outreach. if you know people like that, please encourage them to get help. it is a sad story we cannot let happen. host: we have a special line for mental health professionals, 202-585-3883. this is cynthia from florida. thank you for joining us. caller: you are welcome. thank you for taking my call. one reason that is being missed is the reason that people did not bring children to sch
have fought for this country and we have brought our children back home. my grandson was in the navy. i am tired of arguing about the rich, poor, and middle-class. take the interest rate of the public debt for six days so we could see our money prosper. america, we stand in peace. god bless you. please, thank the rich because they are our investors to invest all over the world. stop fighting among each other. congress, you are a citizen, a consumer, and tax payer and you need to get on your jobs. host: thank you for the call from chicago. let me read a statement from the speaker of the house. the house will be in recess until after the holidays. the speaker meeting with his caucus and afterwards, these words. this photograph from the front page of "the new york times." brady from grand prairie, tex as. caller: i have a question. host: there is a slight delay. turn the volume down on your tv set. caller: the question i have is, obama has to quit spending money that is not necessary. host: to live for the call. we will go to billy. -- thank you for the call. caller: i have a couple of qu
.s. navy says all aircraft were accounted for. reuters is reporting that new jersey governor chris christie in a letter to the federal emergency management administration is asking for a reimbursement of 100% of the costs of hurricane sandy. fema generally reimburses states for 75% of repair costs. at 10:00 a.m. eastern time, the house transportation committee will need to hear testimony from fema administrator craig fugate. those are the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> we have had these explosions of knowledge in madison, but we have not coordinated care, and all of these services and adding so many cracks that they are as harmful as the diseases that we are treating. you have to step back and ask, are we hurting people overall? on a global level, what are we doing sometimes? now, we have these reports saying that 30% of everything we do might not be necessary in health care? 30% of the medications, the procedures? this is something that i think is really being called out as a problem. this function in the u.s. health-care industry, dr. marty makary on what health care companies will
the marines do, that the army, navy, and air force cannot do? if your answer is amphibious assaults, include a couple amphibious assault-trained battalions or brigade's within each combat division or add another week to the army basic training for amphibious assault. just think about the duplication that could be eliminated with this concept. if all those that are in the defense industry now, as they profess that our future wars will be more of a technology base, this seems appropriate. out of the box, and popular, yes. complicated and hard to do, but that is my suggestion. host: from the "washington times" this morning -- and this is the wall street journal -- finally, we want to take this call from don in michigan. caller: good morning. about the fiscal cliff, i think we should go over the cliff and then start from there. freedom is not free. we have forced to pay for -- wars to pay for. we have to pay bills. god bless america and c-span. everybody have a great day. host: thank you. we have two guests. we will continue looking at the so called "fiscal cliff" negotiations with mary agnes ca
with, whether the marines, navy, coast guard, fbi, cia, and s.a., a local police enforcement, code enforcement, sheriff, highway patrol, national guard, airport and transportation security, board patrol, fire marshal -- i mean, is an over abundance. we have become a police state and it has destroyed the fabric of our society. i do not see how we will get out-of-pocket -- out of it puritans -- and i do not see how we will get out of it. i do not see how home and security is going to save us. guest: there is a veritable alphabet soup of all these to organizations that are designed to address a wide to -- wide variety of security issues at the federal level and local level as well as overseas. and congress, just on the street from the studios we are in today, are talking about the fiscal cliff and how much money the government should spend on security matters. that is an important part of the conversation. host: david maurer is part of the hollen security office. let's -- homeland security office. let's look at a couple of the key areas in the grant program. one is the state security
international news at this hour, the russian defense ministry says the navy squadron has set off for the lead attorney in provision coming amid official talk about a possible evacuation of russians from syria. if russia has been the staunchest ally of the bashar assad regime. meanwhile, parliament is getting ready to adopt a measure that would ban adoption of russian children by americans. last week, president obama signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on russians who are found to be connected with human-rights abuses. and back here in the states on wall street, stock futures are edging higher on emerging signs that the white house and congress may be moving closer to a budget deal. a new proposal for president obama drops his plan to raise taxes on individuals morning -- earning more than $200,000, and families making more than $250,000. he is now offering a new threshold of $400,000. the head of the -- ahead of the opening bell, futures are up about 25 points. those are headlines on c-span radio. >> one of the things that did surprise me a little, i did conduct a nationwide survey of g
,000 uniformed badged special operations forces and they come from the navy, marines, army, air force. host: in terms of the budget, over the last decade, it was to $0.5 billion in 2001 during now it is in excess of $10.5 billion today. guest: that's right. the budget has almost quintupled. a great deal of that has also gone to the high end -- both the expansion and personnel, because people do cost money, the training and salaries for them, but also to a lot of this has gone to the high end special mission units and equipping them with state-of- the-art communications, stealth helicopters, a number of state of the art commands interest, also, the special operations command down in tampa, before you are-start command has grown dramatically and also has a number of infrastructure investments down there. so it really has become a much larger portion of the armed forces than it was previously, but it is important to note that even with this growth, it's still a is less than 5% of the entire u.s. military and less than 4% of the budget. host: the movie getting so much attention is coming out in
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